Ryan to AP: Trump is comfortable with my principles

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Posted: Jun 02, 2016 6:20 PM
Ryan to AP: Trump is comfortable with my principles

House Speaker Paul Ryan endorsed Donald Trump for president on Thursday, and explained his decision to back the billionaire businessman in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press. Quotes from the interview:

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"What matters to me more than anything else are our core principles, the policies that come from them, the agenda we're driving in the House that we're about to release. And I just wanted to have a good comfort level that these principles and policies were something we would be able to work with him on and it took some time just to have those conversations."

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"It's very clear to me that Hillary is in no certain way going to be advancing our principles and policies. She's promising another Obama term. It's also become clear to me through my conversations that Donald Trump is somebody I know is comfortable with these principles and general policies."

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"We obviously have a different kind of style and tone. That's very clear. Anyone who knows anything about us knows that. But what really, ultimately matters is how best can we make sure these principles and policies get enacted in 2017. And it is clear that is far more likely to happen under a Trump presidency than a Clinton presidency."

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"This isn't a deal. This isn't one of those. It was basically getting a comfort level of our idea about where the country is headed and where it ought to go. It's more of an understanding of each other and these principles and policies. That's to me what matters. There is no kind of an agreement of sorts. It was just needing to spend time with our presumptive nominee to get comfortable with the notion that he would be supportive of the direction we want to go as a party, as a country."

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"I wasn't just going to sign up sight unseen without even having a conversation or knowing what direction, because he had only mentioned a few policies in the primary. I wanted to basically make sure that (we agreed) on the big issues of the day, on really important principles."

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"I had people on both sides of it. I had friends wishing I wouldn't support him. I had friends wishing I would. I really didn't feel any pressure, other than my goal is to make sure that were unified so that we're at full strength in the fall so we can win the election."

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"There are times where I've felt very motivated to speak out about some of the things he had said, like the Muslim ban. And I spoke to him about those things. Criticizing other Republicans, I've spoken to him about that as well. ... My hope is that I won't have to speak out in the future on a case-by-case basis. I'm not going to litigate what's said at a given rally on a day-to-day basis."